Long Ball Split

YUMA, Ariz. – Four home runs lifted the Arizona Western College baseball team (33-13 overall, 17-9 Arizona Community College Athletic Conference) past Scottsdale (19-25 overall, 13-17 ACCAC) in game two on Tuesday afternoon in Yuma. The Mats won 10-0 behind a pair of homers by Sammy Hackl, a grand slam from Spencer Packard and a solo blast from Sean Roby along with a dominant performance on the mound by Chris Koeiman. In game one, the Mats fell 5-1 after one bad inning put Scottsdale ahead.

Roby put the Mats up in the bottom of the first. He whacked a double off the base of the wall to score Zach Huffins, and the Mats led 1-0. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and Daylan Nanny beat out an infield single to score Roby for a 2-0 lead.

In the second, Hackl crushed a 2-1 pitch over the left field wall, and the Mats were on a roll. Snaider Torrealba and Huffins both singled, and Roby walked to load the bases with no outs. Packard launched an opposite field homer for a grand slam and a 7-0 lead. It was his seventh homer of the season.

Koeiman (4-4) kept pounding the strike zone all game, and he only allowed one hit after the third inning. He set a season-high with 10 strikeouts in seven innings for the complete game win. The freshman only allowed five hits without issuing a walk.

After going scoreless for two innings, Hackl put the Mats back on the board in the fifth. Justin Greene poked a single up the middle, and then Hackls teed off on a pitch and drove it over the left-center field wall. His two-run homer put the Mats up 9-0, and it was his third homer of the year. With two outs, Sean Roby pounded a no-doubter over the left field wall for a solo home run and a 10-0 lead. He leads the conference with 13 homers.

Jake Walker (2-1) took the loss for Scottsdale after allowing two runs on one hit and three walks to start the game. Walker didn’t record an out.

In game one, AWC struck first, but Scottsdale plated four runs in the sixth despite only getting one hit to take the late lead and hold on.

Manny Perez singled and went to third on a Carlos Arellano double in the second inning for AWC. Greene tapped a sacrifice fly to center field for a 1-0 lead.

That lead stuck until the fifth inning. AWC starting pitcher Irving Martin issued a pair of walks, and with two outs Antoine Mistico drove a line drive past a leaping Torrealba at second. That hit tied the game. Robert Gonzalez came on in relief to get the final out of the inning.

In the sixth, Zach Hansen took Gonzalez’s place on the mound. He got into trouble with one out. He hit Michael Herrera and Sam Kalberer before a flyout to center allowed the lead runner to tag to third. Back-to-back-to-back walks loaded the bases and scored two runs to put Scottsdale up 3-1, and Mistico poked a two-run single through the right side of the infield to make it 5-1. Perez came on in relief to get the last out.

Hansen (3-1) took the loss, his first of the season, after allowing a run for the first time in seven appearances. He allowed four runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout.

Justin Anderson (2-4) picked up the win for Scottsdale. He went 5.2 innings and only allowed four hits and one run while walking one and striking out one.

The Mats are heading into the final stretch of the season and only have games against Division I teams left. AWC will travel to Central Arizona on Saturday for a doubleheader that starts at noon.

Arizona Western College is one of the top community colleges in Arizona. The college boasts partnerships with all three state universities that include face-to-face classes in Yuma. AWC leads the state in enrollment growth over the past 10 years and handed out more than 2,300 certificates and degrees in 2016-17.


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